Sandra Bernhard's Guide To NYC
By OUTTraveler Contributer
Originally published on Gay.com
Name: Sandra Bernhard
City: New York
Relationship Status: 10 fabulous years
Sexuality: In my imagination everything
What are some great NYC restaurants for a night out with gay friends there?
Well I go to the same restaurants with my gay and straight friends. We don't usually break everyone down into groupings -- "Oh no, we can't bring George to Cookshop, he's much too flamboyant for that setting!" or "Elizabeth is such a man eater, BLT Fish will simply be too shocked by her behavior!" So we mix it up, isn't that kooky! That said, we go to Matsuri for Japanese, Bar Pitti, gemma, Il Buco, Orso, for Italian, Snack Taverna for Greek, Taboon for Middle Eastern, Bombay Talkie, Tamarind, for Indian, BLT Fish for seafood. Cookshop for local produce (super fresh and farm raised).
What are some of the things you love most about NYC?
New York is awake 24 hours a day. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and watch the traffic flow up Tenth Avenue so I never feel alone.
What are some of your least favorite things about it?
Not always being able to look up and see the wide open skies like you can on the west coast - so that feels claustrophobic. The doorman situation can wear you out, too. Always having to be upbeat the minute you walk out of your apartment, but these are insignificant issues. I basically love it here most of the time.
What gym do you like most when you work out in New York?
I go back and forth to Crunch fitness where I work out with my trainer Butch Sands, who kicks my butt - and Equinox, which is a great all-around gym when I am on the move around the country.
What is the best time you ever had while traveling?
Swimming at Buckingham Palace late one night with Princess Di. We just laughed our asses off.
Probably a ridiculous question, but Is there a particular best place to "people watch" in NYC?
Pastis is the best place for out-of-towners. It is always packed with interesting people and a very frenetic atmosphere, which is really fun.
Are there lots of famous people always walking around?
New York? I should say so -- but I am from Flint, Michigan originally, which is where Michael Moore is from as well.